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The Dragon Waiting ❮Ebook❯ ➧ The Dragon Waiting Author John M. Ford – Thomashillier.co.uk The Wars of the Roses have put Edward IV on the throne of England Lorenzo de' Medici's court shines brilliantly and Duke Galeazzo Maria Sforza plots in Milan But this is a changed world and medieval E The Wars of the Roses have put Edward IV on the throne of England Lorenzo de' Medici's court shines brilliantly and Duke Galeazzo Maria Sforza plots in Milan But this is a changed world and medieval Europe is dominated by the threat from the Byzantine Empire Sforza the Vampire Duke marshals his forces for his long The Dragon Kindle - planned attack on Florence and Byzantium is on the march A mercenary the exiled heir to the Byzantine throne a young woman physician forced to flee Florence and a Welsh wizard the nephew of Owain Gly Dwr seem to have no common goals but together they wage an intrigue filled campaign against the might of Byzantium striving to secure the English throne for Richard Duke of Gloucester and make him Richard III.


10 thoughts on “The Dragon Waiting

  1. Sherwood Smith Sherwood Smith says:

    Rereading this book caused me to clarify some of my muddy thinking with respect to wish fulfillment characters and stories and those that try to present the world as it should be could be might be with a little imagination and graceThe very far end of the spectrum is the so called Mary Sue story wherein the protagonist is the center of the universe just because the narrative voice tells us the protag is a special snowflake Leading off down a different path is the idealized protagonist which could be termed the Beau Ideal In the hands of a great writer this character serves to show what humans could be and as such he has a venerable history Not starting with Castiglione’s Courtier as I’ve seen asserted but farther back and at the inspiration of a very strong woman Eleanor of Acuitaine who worked so hard to wrench the war hungry drive of feudalism into a semblance of the chivalric ideal because she got tired of stinking sweaty men tromping with filthy boots into her fine rooms blabbing exclusively of killing unruly barons and damned Saracens to the exclusion of wit history song and about anything else worth listening toThere’s a traceable line of these heroes particularly in the hands of female authors stemming from the Pimpernel up through Peter Wimsey to Crawford of Lymond and those he inspired That Beau Ideal is recognizable through his descendants—witty well read courageous seemingly immoral or amoral but actually true to his beliefs And he has beliefs even if it is only in his fellow manI think of him as a descendent of Eleanor's vision and in The Dragon Waiting John M Ford gives us the splendid Dimitrios the anchor to the story the sign that though the world around the characters seems to be sick with disease war greed ambition and death there is grace even if as elusive as the echo from an unseen choir


  2. Nicky Nicky says:

    Wow The Dragon Waiting is hard work I can totally understand why some people disliked it I read it with the Draco Concordans a fan written concordance for the book at my fingertips all the while conscious that I'm gonna have to read it again to understand it all It's a subtle deeply allusive book reuiring both knowledge of history and other literary texts and skill with interpretation of logical implications and emotional ones I can understand resenting all the work the reader has to do though for me the need to work is what made me love this book so muchI don't know how to say all the things I think and feel about this book without simply uoting other people The theme that touched me most deeply was that of trauma and the Byzantine colonialism's comparisons to sexual assault it was very interesting to me that several key characters were Welsh and Scottish given that theme and real world history I was convinced to read this book by this post really which says a lot of what I want to say and in a wondrously unspoiler ish manner tooThis is a sneaky sneaky book a blood soaked medieval fantasy; an elegant historical AU; a bleak gritty political thriller; a witty Shakespeare fanfic; an intricate meta game full of buried jokes about Star Wars and Dracula; and a deeply serious and mature story about human damage whether trauma or “chronic conditions” and how we bear it about suffering and graceuite possibly reading that post to begin with is what allowed me to love this book so much Going in unprepared I might have given up which is unfortunate


  3. Peter Tillman Peter Tillman says:

    Good news Tor is publishing a new edition the end of this month Sept 2020 of this hard to find masterpieceOff to a 5 star start with this World Fantasy Award winner that I'd somehow missed Publisher compares it to Mary Stewart's Crystal Cave Not a bad call Dragon sprawls from Ireland to Constantinople in the waning years of the Byzantine Eastern Roman Empire which fell to the Turks in 1453 in OTL Well it's not waning here see Jo Walton's review linked below Ford says he tried hard to get the history right up to the point of divergence before adding the fantastic elements wizards and vampires so far Then he uotes Nennius whoever he was ah a Welsh monk of the 9th century I yield to him who knows of these things than I do Heh p98 Dr Cecily Vittori is saving Lorenzo de' Medici's life You know you're in good hands when you tear up over bad stuff that happened six centuries ago And when you slow down your reading so you won't finish the book too soonIt's always a little startling when the words in a row turn into people you care about Author Ford was a little in love with Dr Cecily I think though he gave her some very hard knocksThe review to read is Jo Walton'shttpswwwtorcom20090730subtleIt’s a brilliantly written absorbing book with great characters; it’s hard to put down once it gets going; and it’s laugh aloud funny in places This is John M Ford’s World Fantasy Award winning masterpieceThe characters are wonderful all the way through The book gives you time to get to know them and then uses them in precise ways so you feel they’re doing exactly what they would do This is true even of minor characters It also uses Arthurian motifs to underscore the story without ever getting tangled up in them What a good book this is what an enjoyable read and how incredibly clever I love itAlmost everyone who's read this book remarks on the need to reread it to really understand what Ford was doing For sure there are pages where I was wondering what the hell was going on On the future reread list Amazingly dense and well crafted book 5 stars; almost certainly his masterpiece RIP Mr Ford 1957 2006 He died way too young


  4. Sineala Sineala says:

    This book makes me feel like an idiot I love it to piecesI'm not sure how both of these things can be true simultaneously but they are I have read it twice now with only the vaguest understanding of the Wars of the Roses I suspect it would help to know something about them been very very confused and yet I love it I love the characters and the clever twisty worldbuilding and Greco Roman polytheism hanging out in the 1400s and the Mithras cult and okay I did a lot better at the parts of this novel where I actually knew something about something Basically Christianity failed to really take hold in this world and Byzantium has most of Europe The main characters are busily trying to put Richard III on the throne and stop the spread of the Byzantine Empire Henry Tudor is of course being helped out by them This only really comes clear in the latter half of the book; the beginning has some espionage and murder mysteries and all sorts of things that really have very little to do with England Mostly I like the beginning betterAlso there are vampires One of the main characters is a vampire He's pretty awesome Actually all four of them are pretty awesome Characterization is one of the book's strengths Which is good because you need something to hang onto as it dives through the plot Seriously there's a fan made concordance to the novel and if any book needs it this one does Maybe next time I will remember to read it with the concordance webpage open in another window because I didn't manage to this time eitherI know I am doing a bad job communicating why you should read this but if you want alt history fantasy that is really really really intelligent you need to find a copy of this


  5. Checkman Checkman says:

    This is something of a genre crossing novel It falls under sword sorcery and Alternative History If you know the history of 15th Century Western Europe especially England than you'll get a kick out of the story I majored in History with a focus on European HistoryIt was fun to see how the author changed many things but kept others AH purists will take offense at how Ford breaks the rules but I wasn't bothered by it If you aren't very familiar with the late Middle AgesEarly Renaissance Ford does a good job explaining changes from actual history in the Afterword The novel moves along at a brisk pace and the writing is intelligent with both depth and pathos All in all I say give it a try You might like it


  6. Mladen Mladen says:

    Wonderful I loved the historical and literary references scattered and embroidered all over the text It really makes you pay attention while reading And I loved how the book made me go back and reread some paragraphsThis is not an easy fantasy reading and it is fantasy at its bestI will definitely read it one time to pick up at least some of the zillion details that I missed while reading it for the first time


  7. Anna Anna says:

    At times ‘The Dragon Waiting’ reminded me of The Lymond Chronicles as it features very complicated spy machinations with few concessions to the reader unfamiliar with the period in uestion There is no omniscient smartarse like Lymond for events to revolve around though Instead magic and vampires I found the pacing initially rather a challenge as the four main characters are introduced separately at length then the plot accelerates very rapidly once they’re thrown together Ford also used the Lymond Chronicles conceit of letting you guess which main characters are present in disguise when the scene shifts Once a third of the way through I was hooked by the plot and invested in the characters a wizard a vampire a doctor and a mercenary who form a close alliance or perhaps fellowship is a better word They get deeply involved with the dramatic machinations of the English monarchy in an alternate 15th centuryAlthough I enjoyed the thrilling set pieces and plot twists the greatest joy of the novel in my view is the little world building details As Christianity hasn’t taken hold in Europe Dante’s masterwork is called the ‘Commedie Uomo’ the Roman gods are invoked when swearing and London has a magnificent Pantheon rather than cathedrals I’d probably appreciate it even with greater knowledge of the period The specifics of magic and vampirism are also very cleverly and elegantly presented The uses to which magic is put as well as its overlap with medicine are unusual and thought provoking The dragon of the title is the most interesting twist on the concept that I think I’ve ever seen in fantasy view spoilerIt’s a physical manifestation of Welsh nationalist sentiment formed of soldiers and kept together with magic infused propaganda A supercharged battle formation essentially hide spoiler


  8. Margaret Margaret says:

    I think I did The Dragon Waiting a disservice by beginning it immediately after finishing Dunnett's Lymond Chronicles which continued to engage my brain and kept me from devoting valuable brain cells to Ford's fascinating alternate history In an inn in the Swiss Alps four people form an alliance to fight against the Byzantine Empire which in this world never went into decline and now controls most of Europe save for England and the small buffer state of France These characters Cynthia a Florentine physician; Dimitrios a Byzantine mercenary; Hywel a Welsh wizard; and Gregory a German vampire eventually end up in England where they join forces with Richard Duke of Gloucester who will become Richard IIII liked Ford's world very much With the addition of magic the differences from our history made sense and the way he slowly revealed information was masterful no big info dumps just bits and pieces which coalesced into a big picture For instance it takes two hundred pages before we find out what happened to Christianity which is only a small sect in Ford's pagan pantheistic world formed to a great extent by the emperor we call Julian the Apostate who was apparently far successful in this version of historyThe characters were vividly drawn so much so that I really wanted to learn about the four protagonists than I did and the historical personages convincing even Richard about whom I have read a lot and so am picky about Though as freuently when reading alternate history novels I kept wondering how the same people as in our history could be produced by a world that's so different from ours However Ford wove the historical and non historical characters together well enough that I was usually at least distracted from that issueI did occasionally feel that I wasn't uite getting what was going on and was very glad for my knowledge of English history of that period which really helped but that's just as likely my fault as Ford's my brain having been not uite detached from Dunnett yet I'm very much looking forward to rereading The Dragon Waiting sometime as I think it's clearly a book which I'll get out of the second time through one of the signs of a Good Book in my estimation


  9. Drew Drew says:

    6 out of 5I finished this book and wanted to applaud I wanted to tell everyone about it for the rest of the day I absolutely loved this book It's an alt history fantasy take on roughly Richard III's ascension to the English throne but it's way than that There are wizards and vampires; the Byzantine Empire spans most of the globe; religious plurality is the order of the day and four strange individuals meet in a snowy inn to solve a murder and potentially change the course of history Note the jacket copy is somehow astonishingly incorrect the 'uncanny duke' is NOT a member of the uartet and whoever at Tor fucked that up should probably be copy checked a bit better Everything about this book played to all of my favorite things canny wordplay a tremendous depth of knowledge a lost masterpiece brought back into print by the folks who loved it too much to let it go I was a big AP Euro nerd who also desperately wondered how different the world might've been if Constantine the Roman Empire hadn't chosen the Jesus mystery cult as their religious path and this book has a lot of fun with how some things would be the same and many others would be different I loved seeing a human Richard III as he's so often just a total monster thanks to Shakespeare I loved the complexities of these characters I loved how Ford wrote with such daring that he would jump over events or toss things off in a sentence and expect you to keep up Gosh I just loved everything about this It is a perfect novel and I am so excited that it gets to be celebrated by the world all over again


  10. Aerin Aerin says:

    This is a fascinating article Consider my interest piued


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